Actual ODBC Supports New FileMaker Pro 9 External SQL Sources

CHICAGO, IL. (PRWEB) July 10, 2007 -- Actual Technologies, LLC (, a visionary company focusing on Mac OS X success in the corporate enterprise, today announced the immediate availability of the Actual ODBC Pack version 2.7, a set of database drivers for Mac OS X.

The drivers are tailored for use with the new External SQL Source (ESS) feature of the new FileMaker Pro 9, FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced, FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced, all available today from FileMaker (  With ESS, the legendary ease-of-use of FileMaker Pro is now extended to include access to popular enterprise class databases.  Without any SQL programming, FileMaker Pro 9 databases can read and update live data in Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL databases.

Actual Technologies ODBC drivers provide the layer of connectivity between FileMaker Pro 9 on Mac OS X and the SQL database.  The new FileMaker Pro 9 ESS feature is designed for use in multilingual environments, and version 2.7 of the Actual drivers contains transparent support for Japanese, Chinese and other non-English text.

"FileMaker Pro 9 with ESS is really a revolutionary upgrade in terms of the power it gives to enterprise application developers," said Christine Toledo, Marketing Director for Actual Technologies.  "It has never been easier to create Windows and Mac applications that interact with SQL data."

The drivers can be used with either FileMaker Pro 9 on the desktop or with FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced.  When used in tandem with the FileMaker Servers, all ODBC connections are made on the server.  This means that hosted FileMaker applications can take advantage of ODBC connectivity without configuring the driver on each user desktop.

"Actual Technologies ODBC drivers are an important part of connecting FileMaker Pro 9 Mac based databases to a world of data," stated Kevin Nathanson, senior product manager, FileMaker, Inc. "The combination of performance, ease of use and value make Actual's drivers the logical choice for database connectivity on the Mac platform."

The drivers are simple to install, with on-line help and diagnostic tools to assist in quickly establishing a connection to the database.  Anyone familiar with setting up an ODBC connection on a Windows machine will feel at home with the configuration wizard, while Mac users will experience the native Mac OS X interface and ease of use that they expect.

Actual Technologies ODBC drivers are available starting at $30 per license. To purchase the software or download an evaluation copy, please visit

About Actual Technologies
Actual Technologies develops software products and provides consulting services to integrate Mac OS X into the corporate IT enterprise. Its products include ODBC drivers for popular databases such as Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, Oracle, MySQL and PostgreSQL. Actual also develops file conversion utilities to integrate Macintosh applications with their Windows counterparts, and Mac OS X applications for managing database servers and manipulating data.

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker is the leader in easy-to-use database software. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the world's largest companies, rely on FileMaker software to manage, analyze and share vital information. The company’s products are the FileMaker Pro line – versatile database software for teams and organizations, for Windows, Mac and the Web – and Bento, the personal database for Mac, iPhone and iPod touch. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple.

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